The original line-up featured Erna and Merrill, along with Lee Richards and Tommy Stewart. A year later, after the band had gained some traction in the local Boston scene, Rombola and Joe D'Arco replaced Richards and Stewart. With the new team, they headed into the studio to record their debut, All Wound Up, with a budget of $2,600.
Keeping their focus on Boston, Godsmack played a lot of gigs, built their following, and eventually got their disc to a local DJ on WAAF who added "Keep Away" to the rotation. It didn't take long for the song to become massively popular. To further their cause, Newbury Comics, a local record store, stocked the CD. The band went back into the studio and came out with a new single – "Whatever" – that also did well on WAAF.
In 1998, Universal/Republic Records signed Godsmack to a deal. Stewart was brought back to replace the drug-addled D'Arco and the band made a new, self-titled record. A headlining tour, as well as stints with Ozzfest and Woodstock '99, followed suit. The band even toured Europe opening for Black Sabbath. Sales were strong, racking up gold record status in 1999 and, eventually selling over four million copies.
Godsmack's 2000 follow-up, Awake, debuted at number five on the Billboard Top 200. More touring of the U.S. and Europe ensued, including a second run on Ozzfest. Sales of over two million units kept the momentum going.
In 2002, Larkin took over for Stewart and the band recorded "I Stand Alone" for The Scorpion King's soundtrack. The song was a smash, becoming the top spin for Rock Radio for 14 weeks in a row. Godsmack also took time that year to record their third set, Faceless.
Released in 2003, Faceless debuted at the top of the album charts. The band's success was further fueled by an extensive tour of Europe and North America supporting Metallica. The album's lead single, "Straight Out of Line," earned Godsmack their second Grammy nomination, but failed to win the award.
Changing things up for 2004, Godsmack released an acoustic EP titled The Other Side which debuted at number five on the Billboard chart. The EP featured both new and re-recorded songs. It also drew further comparisons to Alice in Chains, something Godsmack has been criticized for throughout their tenure. To support the release, the band embarked upon another tour with Metallica along with some acoustic shows on the side.
Godsmack's fourth studio effort, IV, dropped in 2006 and, again, debuted at the top of the album chart. That release was followed in quick succession with a greatest hits collection to mark the band's tenth anniversary, 2007's Good Times, Bad Times... Ten Years of Godsmack. That offering was followed by a brief hiatus after 10 years of fairly consistent touring.
In 2009, Godsmack was recharged and ready to go. They released a single, "Whiskey Hangover," and toured with Mötley Crüe. Then, they headed into the studio to make a proper record. The Oracle was released in May of 2010 and became the band's third consecutive album to debut at number one. A tour to support The Oracle got underway in August of that year.